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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 152
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy burnt orange in color with a thin, tan head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a hint of sweet malts in the background.

T: Pretty well balanced double. Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a good, sweet malt backbone. Not the best double IPA, but much better than most. I'd have this again in a second.

notchucknorris, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering clear but with tons of sediment orange golden honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, nothing too heavy, a bit of citrus and fruit hops, a slight orange zest and some pine, a touch of musty hop resin, and a slight malty sweetness underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty, a slight malty sweetness, but pretty much all pale malts, then some bitterness, fairly bitter but not too heavy, and plenty of hops, mostly bittering hops, but it does bring a bit of pine, fresh musty resinous hop flavors, some orange peel, some citrus, quite a bit or rind, but also a bit soapy and has a slight astringent finish, that doesn't dry as much as I would expect, and leaves itself a little sticky. The astringent and heavy bittering hops add a slight metallic tinge as well. Overall seems to be mostly bittering hops and left out on the aroma an hop flavors more, and what is there for flavor isn't as sharp as it should be, seems muted and flat.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, hits with just a touch of warming booze, a bit sticky on the finish, and some astringent bittering hops on the finish, as well as a slight metallic twang.

jlindros, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Solid medium amber with some floatees , foamy tan head of average retention.

S: Very piney then a little grassy & woody, possibly a little grapefruit way in the back. Totally not the hop aroma of midwest DIPA.

T: Unbelieveably sophisticated. The big ibu's and abv's totally masked. The flavor starts as a tart grapefruit, a little caramel, the flavor notes just balance together.

D: You could definately get three sheets to the wind in a hurry and never realize what happend. Most subtle of the DIPA's I've had this season. But a real adult beverage in the dryness and totally unique flavors. Wish I could get on a regular basis, and I'd kill to have on tap.

2BDChicago, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A little cloudy with sediment, but that's ok for the DIPA's due to how much hops are involved and dry hopping. Darker yellow/burnt orange, not much head or lacing (poured slow).

S - Smells a little citric and alcoholish but on the lighter side of hop'tastic grassy/woody kinda thing.

T - Citrus, alcohol, hops of some sort, a little bitter but more on the citrus bitter side then hop bitter. Aftertaste lingers bitter grapefruit and alcohol.

M - Has great carbonation, good aftertaste, nice balance of bitter and smooth.

D - Drinks easy for a DIPA, there are hefty notes of what we like in DIPA but... not over the top in smell/flavor, a little toned down for what I expect outta of DIPA. Nice aftertaste that surprises me a little, great balance of taste/feel. Smell is a little too toned down. Pretty good, thumbs up.

SDtastentune, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is beautiful, nice two finger head that just sticks like crazy to the side of the glass. Colors is bright amber. Whoa, the hops just jump right out at you in the smell, definitely smells like a double IPA. Yep, SUPER f'ing hoppy in the front end, then you get that alcohol kick, and in the end a bitterness to finish it off. Not a beer for someone who doesn't like alcohol and hops. Pretty hard to drink due to it's amount of hops and alcohol content, but I don't think it should be frowned upon for that. After the beer has warmed up a bit and flattened out the taste changes a little bit, it is easier to drink and you definitely get a sweetness, I don't taste too much malt, so I don't know if the sweetness is from malt or from something else but it is for sure there; the hops are still there as well. Pretty dang good beer over all!

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious brew from a solid brewery that has only recently made it onto my beer awareness chart.

pours golden, red off-opaque with a one finger head and a good bit of lacing down the glass - what a big ipa should look like.

smell is excellent - uber west coast hops, tons of grapefruit cascades, pine, and a bit of strawberry coming to the palate as well - woody and fruity, mmm mmm.

taste is also beautiful not as pronounced as some of its west coast cousins, but very unique nonetheless.
a big malt backbone drives this hop-filled beast, this blends nicely with the extremely fruity hops to create this unique strawberries and cream sweetness - lovely actually, like a hoppy desert beer. it is rather sweet, but so are a lot of double ipas...big ass beer. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky for me though.

Overall, for a sweet, 9% double ipa, i'd rank the drinkability pretty damn good...great beer, psyched i tried it.

benclimbs, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass. Thanks to Spycow for this one...Pours a murky orange/copper, dull and uninspiring. There is a white head, provides some decent lacing...The aroma is floral with citrus notes, oranges mostly. A little soapy but the alcohol is hidden...The taste is a big let down, not sure if its old or just not that good of a dipa. Soapy, floral hops, bitter, not as much of the citrus comes through. Pretty boring, wasn't inspired to drink this.

A decent beer but with so many dipa options I wouldn't have this again. Would try it on tap to see if its better fresh.

jrallen34, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Citrusy, juicy hops, breadiness, very bold tangerines.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Bright tangerine and bready sweetness followed by a medium citrusy bitterness. Ends with some tangerine peel and slightly dry hop resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Alcohol just slightly noticeable.

A very solid DIPA. Well attenuated and i really enjoyed the tangerine like aromas and flavors.

bum732, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of JToad
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber, courtesy of juhl31 via my winning the BeerAdvocate2 Fantasy Football League. Thanks Jay for the awesome package!

Pours a cloudy blood orange, with minimal head, yet nice white lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Smells of grapefruit, bread and some other assorted tropical fruit. Maybe tangerine.

Tastes of tropical citrus, sharp bitterness that doesn't last long. Relatively creamy mouth feel, though not too thick. Wet and sticky, this an extremely well balanced DIPA. Not your typical hop-bomb, yet it has some nice sharp hops throughout the body.

The DIPA for non-hop heads. Very solid and well balanced, the bready profile really evens out the loads of hops. Very easy drinker, it shouldn't be a problem finishing the bomber by myself.

JToad, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand delivered from my brother in Oregon. Sticking with the 'hop' named beers tonight. This one pours a deep orange color with a big, white head that really hangs around. Smells and tastes are of piney, citrusy hops. Great hop taste, but nothing that is so bitter that it hangs around too long after the sip...which is great balance between the hops and malts. I do taste some caramel malt, but not too much. A great beer from Ninkasi.

cbak999, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a shaker pint (and a bit into a corsendonk tulip)

a. orange-red in color, solid carbonation, limited in terms of head retention and also doesn't lace the way I'd prefer. When I poured into the tulip glass the head retention was of course greatly improved and the lees created a hazy brown affect. In my mind the best beers look good even in a shaker pint, this one doesn't look great in that condition but it looks better when it's put into glassware that helps cover its weaknesses.

s. all subtle citrus fruit, lime rind, oranges and grapefruit, mild herbal floral notes on the nose. I also smell something a bit spicy, almost like pumpkin bread baking

t. bready but like sourdough bready on the start, rolls into a sour-bitter lime like finish. Extremely solid in the flavor department. There is a pleasurable, teeth rattling oily astringent hop presence that lingers for minutes on end. Solid

m. This beer could use a bit more body, it seems rather light and thin.

d. On the other hand because it's so light and thin I find it extremely easy to drink especially considering alcohol content. This stuff drinks almost like a light lager as opposed to an IPA w/ 8.8 ABV.

It's solid stuff and I'm glad I finally tried this brewery, can't wait to check out more of their stuff.

Donnie2112, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a 22oz bomber of this from Bev Mo for $3.99 - killer price!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey-like hue with a solid head that sticks around a bit leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Tons of malt - sweet carmel and toasted grains, fresh made bread with earthy hops coming through at the end. Unfortunately the hops never really establish themselves in the overall smell - pretty weak in the hop department, especially in regards to a west-coast DIPA.

T: Greeted with a good amount of carmel malt up front, followed with a solid balance of earthy mossy hops, with flavors of citrus black tea/herbal tea finishing bready with a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with proper carbonation for the style finishing with a bit of boozy heat and lingering bitterness.

D: Real easy to drink for nearly 9% ABV but the heavy malt limited me to just two and I was finished, needing something with a cleaner dryer hop bight - Ninkasi IPA is a much better beer and slightly cheaper; I think i'll stick to those in the future.

DeanMoriarty, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of gameface23
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange. Silky & sticky lacing

S: Grapefruit rind, orange blossoms, and a generous dose of crystal malt.

T: Juicy, fresh squeezed oranges, an uplifting amount of bitterness, and a healthy dollop of toffeeish caramel malt

M: Velvety smooth. It really keeps the 100+ IBU's in check and creates a nice experience.

D: A very nice offering.

gameface23, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light cider colored. Practically no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus and grass hops along with a bit of alcohol.

T: Citrus hops are the predominant flavor. Grassy hops follow along with some malt base that is oddly spiced from the yeast.

M: Mildly carbonated with a heavy resiny body.

D: A must try double IPA, however, the spicy aftertaste from the yeast leaves something to be desired. The hops bouquet present in the nose and initial first sip are worth the imperfections though.

itsfreeasinbeer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Amber colored with a hazy, unfiltered body. The head is lasting and sticky, slightly off-white.

The nose is signature Pacific Northwest IPA, an even mix of bready, slightly caramelized malt and citrusy, grapefruit and orange hoppiness. There's a touch of tropical fruit as well.

It's bready and bitter on the tongue, medium bodied, quite flavorful. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors are prominent, but there's an undertone of tropical fruit. The finish is resiny, grapefruit-like, mildly astringent. Pretty solid stuff, but by no means great.

largadeer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much darker than expected (amber-brown) with a nice almost white head that retains and laces very well.

lots of pine and grassy hops, and plenty of grapefruit and bitter citrus. goes a bit tea-like and minty as well. not much for malty aromas.

hoppy again for the flavor, but a bit more malt mixed in. tropical fruits are added to the grapefruit and bitter, zesty citrus. pine and grass get pushed back a bit and herbal tea and peppery spiciness comes through a lot (which isn't entirely pleasant). malt is bready, caramelly yet not that sweet. good, but not up to par with the greats of this style.

medium bodied with a bit of resin and syrup on the finish.

drinks decent. herbs, tea, and pepper could be cleaned up a bit for this to be one I'd seek out.

silentjay, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-amber color, bright as crystal. Vigorous pour yields a modest head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Nice citrus in the nose. Big juicy grapefruit hop flavor with pine and peppery alchohol toward the finish. The peppery effect builds up over the course of the bottle, somewhat limiting drinkability. Good carbonation to lighten the load.

This is a very well done example of the style that seems on the verge of greatness with just a little tweaking. Next time I am on the left coast, I will seek out more Ninkasi.

CliffBrake, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a little while back.

A: Hazy browinsh orange color with pretty nice white head and good lacing.

S: Nice balance of citrus tropical hops and sweet malts. A little pine, pretty nice.

T: Cirtus, sweet malt, pine, bittersweet finish. Medium fruitiness as well, this is pretty good stuff I like the balance. Sugary toffee notes in there as well that throws it off a bit.

M: Creamy and good carbonation, a little prickly with alcohol and bubbles for me though.

D: Good.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-golden color with a large white head with a hint of yellow. Aroma is very pleasant. Nice hoppy scent with LOTS of pineapple. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the nose of this DIPA. Lots of mango as well. Taste is very similar. Usually I get the citrus fruits from DIPAs...a lot of times I get melon flavors as well. This one definitely has a tropical fruit profile. The tropical fruits definitely overpower all other flavors, even the mild hoppiness. This beer tastes great, but would be SO MUCH better if the hops we're as "in your face" as the tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly nice, although possibly a bit watery. Drinkability is high. Great beer overall.

DovaliHops, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Henry's Taproom in Portland. Pours a dark orange colour with about a finger of head. Some mild lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of strong citrus hops with some oily pine hops creeping in as well. Lots of caramel malt backbone too. Flavour is fairly bitter, though the sweetness balances this off pretty well. Nice carbonation level. I wasn't impressed with the Total Domination bottle I had, but this one was nice.

kwjd, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy copper color with a modest white head to it. The head faded to a thin sticky covering and immediately started to leave some thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma not surprisingly shows mostly hops to it. It has some grapefruit and pine, along with some hints of pineapple and mango. It's not overly intense with hops compared to other versions of the style, but it's nice.

The taste also has a lot of hoppy flavors going on. It starts out with some sweeter flavors coming through with some hints of some tropical, fruity, hoppy flavors. As you get to the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come through to give it more of a bitterness. The grapefruit bitterness lingers for a while too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty nice hoppy beer. I didn't find it overly intense with hops, but the hops were nicely done and flavorful. I really liked the bit of tropical like hoppy flavors I got out of it. Pretty nice beer overall.

billab914, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of SecondSandwich
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Portland, OR for the last couple years and Ninkasi was available just about everywhere you look (God, I miss Portland). Their "Total Domination IPA" was one of my go to beers and is one of the best in its price range. The "Tricerahops Double IPA" is a delicious step up from its tasty nephew. A bit more pricey, but that certainly didn't stop me from enjoying my fare share of this scrumptious brew.
Now, I am not up on beer terminology (despite being an avid craft beer consumer) so forgive me if my description is "unconventional". I'll also have you know that I am heavily biased toward IPAs and the double/imperial IPAs in particular.
I have had the Tricerahops many-a-time in the bottle and have been lucky enough to discover it on tap on at least one occasion. The Tricerahops has a light-ish amber color and somewhat of a flowery aroma. In terms of taste, it really packs a nice punch. It delivers a lot "on the front end" as I like to say. It has a nice, crisp hoppy attack. It has a lot of treble and mid-range flavor. However, it doesn't really have much of that bass-y complexity that comes out about mid-taste with some other double IPAs (the Hercules Double from Great Divide for example, mmm). That being said, I don't think that bassy flavor was intended with this beer. It is more of a zippy, refreshing, deliciously hoppy (and high gravity) treat to enjoy when you are out on the patio in the summer or autumn.

Bottom line, if you like IPAs, you will love the Tricerahops. Also, if you haven't really experienced the Ninkasi Brewing company (I have not seen it outside the west coast, unfortunately) I would recommend seeking them out. I have not been disappointed by anything I have tried from them.
Cheers!

SecondSandwich, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of demuzik
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is a clear copper-goldish, light carbonation (a tad lighter than typical for the style), served with little to no head.

Not much head retention, near to no lacing.

Flavor is certainly not bad, but I did not rate high seeing as they market this as a "double IPA" and therefore I expect much; this came in at a normal IPA range for IBU's and gravity, at least taste and mouthfeel wise.

Aroma is certainly this guy's thing; much dry hopping for great complexity and inviting sniffs.

Not so drinkable, this is one that wares on you half way through and you are looking towards the next beer in a more favorable genre; could definitely use a better balance of malt.

demuzik, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a rich, creamy dark orange. The head is crazy on my beer, very creamy with good retention and sticky lacing. Nice.

The smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I figured, but still bery nice. Citrus, hops, spices.

Taste is very smooth and creamy. The hops are NOT overwhelming. Very balanced with the other floral and citrus flavors. A little citrus hop bite in the backend but not overwhelming.

Feels creamy and rich on the tongue, but it leaves you hoping for a few more rich flavors.

Pretty drinkable. Not too much of anything.

I hoped for more but still a good beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Strong hops in the scent with the scents of toast and tobacco being the strongest, strange. Abundant ethanol carries a melon scent. Scents of leather and caramel smell something like British Imperial Pale Ale.

Starts out woody and herbal with a hop and strong tea flavor. Getting lots of herbal hops with this one and very little C Type Hops. Mostly this is just very herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. The taste of this one is very different; I would classify this as an Imperial BPA.

Zorro, Dec 06, 2010
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.